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Dog Theft

Dog Theft

Incidences of dog theft have been increasing over the past few years, with the home and garden being the top locations for pet theft. We are urging dog owners to be vigilant and not leave their dogs unattended in public areas, as well as considering a number of small changes they can make to help protect their pet.

Our dogs play such a huge part in our lives and it is important for us to offer them the same care and protection given to all family members. Whether two legs or four, we all want to be kept safe! By following our three simple steps, you can reduce the risk of theft and offer the best possible chance of being reunited with your dog should they go missing.

  • SAFE - Secure your property and garden
  • SPOTTABLE - Keep them in sight and trained to return
  • SEARCHABLE - Know what steps to take if they go missing

To help us raise awareness about keeping your dog safe from dog theft, please share our ‘Family Pawtrait’ video!


For further advice on how to keep the ‘Family Pawtrait’ complete by protecting your dog from thieves, please read our factsheet.

You can also help us raise awareness about keeping dogs safe in your area by downloading and displaying our poster. For those looking to raise awareness on social media for a stolen pet, please see our advice here.

Tweet us @dogstrust, telling us what your dog means to you and your family and share your own ‘Pawtraits’ remembering to include #dogstrustfamilypawtrait.